Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

on Aug 19, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Get Pregnant After Depo-Provera: How Long?

How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera? For women who use Depo as a form of contraception, find out how long it takes to get pregnant after stopping the injections.

Depo-Provera is a popular form of birth control, given in a shot form, once every 3 months. One of the benefits of Depo-Provera is that you only get the injections four times a year, making it much easier to remember than taking a pill every day. Depo-Provera is also usually tolerated very well by patients who can not take oral birth control pills for a number of reasons. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera works by preventing the formation of uterine linings, therefore preventing regular menstruation. While this is a great thing when you are trying to prevent pregnancy, when you decide it is time to start a family, it could cause a few issues. Since Depo-Provera is administered in a shot form once every three months, it’s effects are much more long-lasting than an oral pill. The shot form takes longer to wear off and can stay inside your body for a longer amount of time.

Common side effects

Many women who take Depo-Provera for an extended amount of time stop having periods all together. Since a missed period is usually the first sign of pregnancy, this can be a real problem for women who are trying to start a family. Depo-Provera can make it very hard to calculate when you will be ovulating, and therefore harder to know when you will get pregnant. The effects of one Depo-Provera shot can last up to eight months after the shot is administered, which is much longer than what most people would think. You will not begin ovulating again until the Depo-Provera shot is fully out of your system.

How long to get pregnant?

After stopping Depo-Provera, it can take an average of four to ten months to get pregnant. It will take up to two years from the date of your last Depo-Provera shot for your chances of getting pregnant to get back to that of a woman who has never had the shot. So, basically, four months after stopping the shot, your chances will start to increase, and it can take up to two years for your chance of getting pregnant to be at the same level as it was pre-Depo. Something to remember is that the amount of time you have been taking the Depo Provera shot does not affect how long it will take you to get pregnant after going off of the shot. If you only have taken one shot, the effects can last as long as someone who has taken the shot for years.

The bottom line

Usually Depo-Provera is a better choice for women who do not wish to become pregnant anytime soon. If you think that you might want to become pregnant soon, the contraceptive pill might be a better choice for you. If you know that you do not want to become pregnant for several years, Depo-Provera is a good choice. Just remember that getting pregnant after going off of the Depo-Provera shot may require some extra patience, since it might take longer than expected.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Kel

    I been off depo for about 11 months now . I got my period last month and it was pretty regular about 5 days long . we’ll my boyfriend did the nasty in me && I been taking pregnancy test and it keeps saying neg but I want a baby . whats wrong?

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  • Nicole

    I had my last depo shot in August of 2015, it was only my 3rd shot and I had some bleeding around December but none since then and I’m not sure if I am ovulating again and I haven’t had a normal period yet. Is there anyway to try and get depo out if my system or even know if I am ovulating again?

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  • susanna aguero

    I have 2 kids already. My son was 6 months old when i got pregnant with my daughter. I was on the depo shot for a full year then stopped getting it. I got the shot again in December and had a period for 2 weeks. I am due for my next shot in March but I’m not going to take it because we want to get pregnant in August. Is this a possibility and a legit expectation.

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